Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that the Coyotes have agreed to terms with center Joel Perrault ( ) on a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Perrault played 15 games for the Coyotes last season, recording 1-2-3 and 14 penalty minutes (PIM). He also played 11 games with the St. Louis Blues last season and did not figure in scoring. Perrault skated 21 games with San Antonio in the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, collecting 10-4-14 and 8 PIM as well as 2 games with Peoria (AHL) where he registered 0-2-2 and 7 PIM.
The Coyotes claimed Perrault on waivers from St. Louis on Dec. 19 last season, re-acquiring the forward after the Blues had claimed him on waivers on Oct. 31.
In 31 career NHL games, Perrault has recorded 2-3-5 and 16 PIM with Phoenix and St. Louis. Perrault has also collected 46-57-103 and 117 PIM in 176 career AHL games with Cincinnati, Portland, Peoria and San Antonio.
Prior to turning pro, the Quebec, Montreal native had an impressive career with Baie-Comeau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). In his final season with Baie-Comeau, Perrault led the entire QMJHL in scoring with 116 points and ranked second among all QMJHL players in goal scoring with 51 goals in 70 games in 2002-03. He earned QMJHL First All-Star Team and Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team honors in 2003.
Perrault was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks (5th round, 137th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He was originally acquired by the Coyotes on March 9, 2006 from Anaheim in exchange for Sean O’Donnell.